This paint decorated cabinet is a tribute to the bibliophile or book lover, the folk artist and philosopher, all rolled into one. The 2 piece cabinet retains most of its original paint decoration. The top cornice or molding has the stenciled date 1876 with stars and stripes. This was an important year in which America was celebrating its 100th year or centennial as a nation. Below that on the front and sides read the phrases “Live to Learn”, “Learn to Live” and “A Good Book Is The Best Entertainment”. These are phrases near and dear to the true bookworm! The sides of the top and bottom cabinets are wonderfully stenciled against a light pine faux wood graining. The 2 glass doors are intricately hand painted with a highlighted boldly carved element at the top. The phrase “A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever” is visible just below each door. The painted interior has 3 shelves. The door retains its working lock with key. The base has a long molded drawer front over 2 smaller drawers over 2 larger drawers. All are hand dovetailed. The fronts are highly decorated with faux graining and additional fancy hand painting and stenciling. All the drawers retain their original locks. The green glass pulls appear to be later replacements. The finish or paint has appropriate wear and is in very good to excellent condition. On the back of the cabinet is the stenciled initials JV and the notation “Restoration by Jesse Venables, Brookeville, Md. November 2001 and followed by “God Bless America”. What a statement this will make in any home or library.